Didiza will only have to leave Parliament post if ANC wins in Tshwane

By Drum Digital
21 June 2016

National Assembly chairperson and ANC mayoral candidate for Tshwane Thoko Didiza will only be required to leave Parliament if the ANC wins the metro in the August 3 municipal elections, the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) said on Monday.

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Chief Communication Officer Kate Bapela cleared up one of the rules for being a candidate by explaining that a member of the National Assembly would only have to resign if the party they are standing for is successful and they obtain a council seat.

According to the rules, disqualification can take place if a candidate:

- Has been declared an unrehabilitated insolvent;

- Has been declared to be of unsound mind by a court of the Republic;

- Is convicted of an offence and sentenced to more than 12 months imprisonment without the option of a fine either in the Republic, or outside of the Republic if the conduct constituting the offence would have been an offence in the Republic and a period of five years has not elapsed since the sentence was completed;

- Is a member of the National Assembly, a delegate to the National Council of Provinces or a Member of the Provincial Legislature (MPL).

Controversial nomination

Didiza's controversial nomination as the ANC's candidate over Kgosientso Ramakgopa was confirmed by ANC deputy secretary general Jessie Duarte on Monday, after word started spreading on Saturday.

Didiza was proposed as mayoral candidate for Tshwane after three other names were rejected by the party's provincial executive committee. The announcement was not welcomed by all, with some ANC supporters taking to the streets in protest.

If successful, Didiza will no longer share the responsibility of keeping order in the increasingly boisterous National Assembly.

Bapela said Section 158 (1) (e) of the Constitution states that anybody who is allowed to vote in a municipal council election, is eligible to be a member of that council.

Solly Msimango, the Democratic Alliance's mayoral candidate for the Tshwane metro agreed.

"She does not have to resign. She would have to resign immediately after," he said.

And without missing a beat added: "But it is unlikely."

Msimango is in a similar position as Didiza. He would have to resign as a Member of the Provincial Legislature if the DA is successful and he is voted mayor of Tshwane.

Source: News24

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